On St. Patricks Day, 2012, my family and I went to Jorgenson Theater on the UConn campus to see an Irish band called Danu. There were five band members, and the instruments that were played were an accordion, guitar, fiddle, flute, and some sort of really cool drum. The girl member mostly sang, even though she played the flute. During the first half of the show, the band played songs that they had designated for the show. The songs with vocals were sung mostly in Galic, the Irish language. In between songs, a band member would tell about the song and usually tell a joke. Toward the end of the first half of the show, between one of the songs, the musicians said that depending on where you were in Ireland, the crowd would have different whoops or cheers to encourage the musicians. They then asked what our call was to encourage the UConn teams. For about one or two seconds, there was an awkward silence, and then I heard a voice shout “UConn!”, and the crowd responded “Huskies!”, like it had been practiced many times! The voice ended up being my dad! He got to do it a couple more times because the musicians thought it was a really cool call and got a kick out of it!
During the intermission, we found out that my cousins Christine and Catherine, and Christine’s boyfriend J.C. were there. They didn’t know that it was my dad that began the Husky call. It was also nice because my dad and I got to talk to J.C. during the break. During the second half, the band sang their favorite Irish songs and they were all very fun. After one of the songs, all the musicians ecept the drummer left the stage. Then, the drummer did the longest drum roll and solo that I had ever seen. The solo was the most amazing part of the show! After this, the band came back on, playing a few more songs before leaving the stage. Danu came back on stage because they received a standing ovation. After the show, the band came out in the lobby to sign autographs. We each got all the musicians autographs. It was a great show and it was a nice ending to St. Patrick’s Day!